Sunday Suggestion – Harry Nilsson – Jump Into The Fire

Brooklyn’s Harry Nilsson was the enigma who never toured, yet remained a success commercially and who utilised his brilliant depth-filled vocal to great effect on several classic tracks with often only a piano by his side. In 1971 however, he released Nilsson Schmilsson and in particular he recorded the track ‘Jump Into The Fire’ which is an essential piece of hard rock that was still in it’s infancy after being christened by The Beatles around three years earlier. Nilsson made no secret of his admiration of The Beatles and particularly his eventual friend John Lennon. This track opens with the rumbling, reverb of the bass line which is eventually joined by a purposeful percussion, loose riffs akin to Keith Richards best and occasional unrelenting strikes of the piano. As the sound grows and builds Harry’s vocal builds with it and utilises its power in amore constant fashion to reach an eventual peak in this brilliant seven minute song.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995